Posted on Nov 17, 2020

Paid Leave for Frontline Healthcare Workers

Alberta’s NDP and representatives for healthcare workers are calling for Premier Jason Kenney to follow through on his commitment and introduce sustained sick pay.

On July 6, Alberta Health Services revoked special paid leave, which provided Alberta nurses with paid leave on top of their collective bargaining agreement. Since then, many nurses have relied on their sick days and other bank days to cover their required isolations. 

We are calling on the provincial government to re-instate the special paid leave and expand it to all frontline workers so that frontline workers do not have to used their bank time or go without pay when they are required to isolate or are sick. 

The provincial government needs to reinstate the special paid leave. We cannot force our nurses and other frontline healthcare workers to sacrifice their banked days off to maintain their income while in isolation" - Christina Gray

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